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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 143 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 143

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  1. GregoryO.
    Sep 22, 2006
    3
    As a long time fan of film-noir, I wanted to enjoy this film but could not get past Gabriel Byrne's unbearable attempt at an American accent. Jon Voight's accent in Anaconda is more realistic than this. Most of what is said by every character is hard to understand even with the closed captioning on. The three stars go to Albert Finney's performance.
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66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. 100
    As disturbing and densely beautiful as its opening image, a lofty forest that dwarfs the gangsters as they laugh over their kill.
  2. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    60
    Heart may be what the movie needs most, but a bit of clarity wouldn't hurt either. Even here in gangsterland, where random characters are cherished and non sequiturs are considered wisecracks, there is a difference between complications and impenetrability, and this plot is a bloody thicket.. [5 Oct 1990, Calendar, p.F-10]
  3. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    0
    A lifeless, tedious picture... A complete dud. [29 Oct 1990, p.26]